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You Don’t Need Prince Charming

Friday, September 7, 2018,
Categories: Other Addictions
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The very public engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has the world buzzing about another royal wedding. The image of a prince carrying off his princess is a powerful one in our culture. The couple seems so happy, so perfect, so very much in love. It’s the happy ending everyone wants, the Prince Charming story many people hope for—perhaps the one you dream of for yourself.

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Celebrity Branding: The New Frontier for Clinicians

Saturday, August 30, 2014,
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When you graduated with a degree in Psychology or Social Work or became certified as a Chemical Dependency Counselor back in the day, the general consensus was there were basically two options for employment after you graduated: either work for an agency or go into private practice.  Within those two options, private practice was considered a dirty word and “politically incorrect.  Becoming a media expert on national television was rarely recognized unless you wrote a book, and there certainly was no Dr. Drew or Dr. Phil.  It was understood you were going to graduate and provide therapy for emotional, behavioral, or mental disorders and that was “good enough.”  What is so exciting for today’s clinician or chemical dependency counselor, is that there are many more options running the gambit from working in traditional settings such as a non-profit institution or agency to taking the road less traveled and  becoming a media psychologist, media consultant, marketing director or even a radio or TV host. Today, being a clinician in America means many things, and for many clinicians like myself, they have been able to brand themselves.  For example, I am known as a Celebrity Psychotherapist who has worked in addictions from my work on the VH1 reality TV show “Celebrity Rehab.”  That is just one example of how the face of the mental health practioner has changed with the influx of reality TV, blog radio, blogging, YouTube, and all the other opportunities that go beyond the agency setting.

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Social Media and the Breakdown Of Relationships

Wednesday, March 7, 2012,
Categories: Other Addictions
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Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and multiple other sites all provide options to stay connected, stay informed and meet others with similar likes and interests. However, there is also a darker side to social media that is becoming more and more recognized in its role in the breakdown of relationships, particularly marriages.

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The Law of Sobriety by Sherry Gaba

Wednesday, September 14, 2011,
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When the movie, The Secret, debuted, it generated instant buzz. Everyone wanted to know more and more about this Law of Attraction concept. The idea is that everything is made up of energy, and since energy vibrates, that means everything that exists actually vibrates whether you can view it or not.

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Soft Addictions: Are They Dangerous?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011,
Categories: Other Addictions
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The spectrum for addiction is varied and long. As the world evolves, so does the list of potential addictive substances. The question arises of what seemingly harmless activities can turn into devastating addictions? How can this behavior be curbed before it becomes out of control? And what is the major underlying facet that contributes to living an addicted life?

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Is Traditional Recovery the Only Way through Recovery?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011,
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As a professional in the field of recovery or a recovering addict, have you found that traditional methods regarding recovery don’t always suit your client’s needs? This is not to say that traditional 12-Step methods are not worthwhile, for that is not the case. In fact, the 12-Steps are usually the first place I go with my clients. But there are those times when I am stuck, and they refuse to go to a meeting. 

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Single Parents Conquer the Holiday Blues

Thursday, December 2, 2010,
Categories: Family System
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The holidays, with all their trimmings, have arrived, and for many it is a time for lavish family gatherings and holiday cheer. The endless Hallmark Christmas specials stream over the airwaves and the messages they reflect are like neon signs flashing, “Joy To The World” for all those gathering around their warm and cozy fireplaces.

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The Latest in Teen Addiction: Celebrity Addiction

Wednesday, September 29, 2010,
Categories: Other Addictions
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A frantic mother of a 15-year-old girl in a local suburban neighborhood tells her therapist that her daughter has quit the cheerleading squad, no longer dreams of college and becoming a lawyer, and her childhood friends have been replaced with friends she has never met. Her daughter has been isolating, reading all the latest celebrity gossip magazines, and becoming more rebellious at home.

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The Law of Sobriety

Thursday, August 5, 2010,
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The Law of Sobriety takes the principles of the Law of Attraction and puts them to work for the specific purpose of helping individuals recover from their addictions, whatever that addiction might be, including alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, food, co-dependency, love or shopping. 

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Generation RX: The Dangers of Teens and Prescription Medication Abuse

Friday, October 16, 2009,
Categories: Adolescents
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Viewers cannot turn on the television today without a story depicting pop icon Michael Jackson and his un-timely death.

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